The Belgian rider Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) has won the 12th edition of Strade Bianche NAMEDSPORT>; part of the UCI WorldTour, the race covered 184km from Siena (Fortezza Medicea) to Siena (Piazza del Campo). Taking the win on the finish line of the historic square, Benoot beat Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan).
1 – Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) 184 km in 5h03’33”, average speed 36.369km/h
2 – Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) at 39”
3 – Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems – Crelan) at 58”
Speaking seconds after the finish, a victorious Tiesj Benoot said: “I didn’t expect to go so well. I decided to continue solo after I bridged the gap to Van Aert and Bardet. It was the right move. It’s really nice to finally get my first pro win. There were a lot of expectations of me after I finished 5th at the Tour of Flanders three years ago – Belgian journalists put a lot of pressure on me. I knew I’d win something big one day – it’s today – and I knew Strade Bianche would be a good opportunity for me to do so.”
Press conference interviews and further details to follow.